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CEO's Message

** Last updated February 2, 2022 **




The Community Academy of Philadelphia (CAP) has always felt like a family to me, encompassing our students, families, and alumni. Our school, a K-12 charter school, has played a crucial role in Philadelphia since its founding, paving the way for all charter schools in the city. As the first charter school in Philadelphia, CAP has been a pioneer in innovative education, aiming to improve the public school system's shortcomings.

Since 1980, CAP has set high standards in education, achieving numerous firsts: the first charter school in Philadelphia, the first charter school to secure graded A Bonds, the first to receive Middle States Accreditation, the first to incorporate a comprehensive mental health system essential for student success, and the first to offer a daycare system to support our high school students. Our community of over 4,000 alumni and families continues to be a vital part of Philadelphia, contributing to the city's progress.

The landscape of education has changed significantly, influenced by the pandemic and evolving societal needs. As a charter school, CAP has the flexibility and innovation necessary to adapt to these changes, ensuring we meet our families' needs. Our close-knit community allows us to respond swiftly and personally. For instance, when students expressed interest in a culinary class, we added it to our curriculum. When they wanted a track program, we established one. With over 40 extracurricular activities, we strive to provide every student with opportunities to broaden their horizons.

As we embark on a new journey into the cyber world and AI influences our society, the CAP family, including teachers, staff, students, and families, is uniting to embrace this transition. Our programs evolved to include strong technical and STEM programs, preparing our students for the future job market. Innovation and progress are vital to our success, and I am dedicated to ensuring that CAP continues to provide a fulfilling and joyous educational experience for all our students and families.